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The Civil War History of the

29th Missouri

Volunteer Infantry Regiment, USA

By Jared E. Billings

GGG Grandson of Private Anderson Billings , Co. B


GG Grandson of Private William Billings , Co. B


GGG Grandnephew of Private Pearson Billings , Co. G


It surely began in the same manner as that of many units raised during the Late Ruction; eager young men, hungry for glory and adventure, answering with ardent patriotism the call to arms issued by their country. All would find more than they sought.

Most were very young, many little more than boys. Some had probably never strayed further than 25 miles from where they were born. Most of them certainly had no concept of the magnitude of the desperate struggle to which they were about to commit themselves. Many would not survive the experience. None would be unchanged.

But midway through 1862, after nearly one and one-half years of bloody conflict, they found themselves lining up and adding their names to the rosters of companies that would become known as the Twenty-ninth Missouri Infantry Regiment.

The 29th got around. They saw action in both the Trans-Mississippi and Western Theaters of Operation. They served in the great armies of both Grant and Sherman. They marched, they fought, they struggled, they killed, and they died.

They slept on their arms in the rain, they dug trenches in the blazing sun and they ate rancid food. Long periods of sheer boredom were punctuated by moments of abject terror and all-consuming desperation. They made do without the comforts that others took for granted as they endured privation and disease. They watched as their brethren died of both battle wounds and sickness, yet they prevailed to the end, proud soldiers in a victorious army.

It was not long after being organized into a regiment before they were thrown into the jaws of battle. Before the year of 1862 came to a close they were a part of Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, the first attempt to take Vicksburg, participating in the vain and costly attacks at Chickasaw Bayou and Chickasaw Bluffs ordered between Christmas and New Years Days. The first blood, in abundance, had been spilled.

The first half of 1863 found them traversing the swamps of the Arkansas and Louisiana Deltas, following Grant across the river into Mississippi and settling into the Siege of Vicksburg during that long, hot summer. The latter half of the year included a grueling march from Memphis to Chattanooga where they fought at places with the names of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Ringgold Gap.

The cruelest and most trying demands were yet to come. 1864 was the Campaign for Atlanta and the March to the Sea, and the 29th was there, present from the time of the opening skirmishes until Sherman presented Lincoln with the city of Savannah as a Christmas gift.

Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain. Atlanta, Ezra Chapel, Jonesboro. The 29th was nearby when General McPherson was slain. For the March to the Sea they were unattached, mounted, and led one of the two columns.

In 1865 they were in the thick of the Campaign for the Carolinas. They were there when General Johnston surrendered his army. They then marched, which they did so well, to Washington, DC, via Richmond, and paraded by the podium in the Grand Review.

Then, those who were left went home and set about the rebuilding of a reunited nation, torn asunder by a very ugly and bloody affair. It is certain that every one of them carried the scars of their wounds, both of the flesh and of the mind, to their graves.

Here is their story....

(Click on Minie Ball to link to Chapter)

      Introducing the Soldiers

      The Officers of the 29th

      Civil War Infantry Organization

      The Beginning: A Call to Arms

            July through November, 1862

      First Blood: Chickasaw Bayou

            December, 1862

      The Reduction of Fort Hindman

            at Arkansas Post

            Early to mid- January, 1863

      The Push for Vicksburg

            Mid-January to July 4, 1863

      The Battle Above The Clouds,

            Lookout Mountain

            November 23 & 24, 1863

      Missionary Ridge

            November 25, 1863

      Ringgold Gap and Taylor's Ridge

November 27, 1863

      Duty in Alabama

            December, 1863 through March, 1864

      The Atlanta Campaign

            May 1 to September 8, 1864

      Fighting Hood

            September 29 to November 3, 1864

      The March to the Sea

            November 15 to December 10, 1864

      The Seige of Savannah

            December 10 through 21, 1864

      The Campaign of the Carolinas

            January to April, 1865

      The Grand Review,

            Muster Out and Home

            May through June, 1865

      The Official Reports

      References and Bibliograpy

      Biographical Data for Selected Soldiers

      About the Author

      Links to Other Sites

      Dyer's Compendium on the

            Twenty-ninth Missouri

...and that is the story of the 29th, as it stands to this point.

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